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Eddi Reader sings about

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This song is one of Thomas' favorites, called "What You Do with What You've Got."

♫ You must know someone like him ♫

♫ He was tall and strong and lean ♫

♫ With a body like a greyhound ♫

♫ and a mind so sharp and keen ♫

♫ But his heart, just like laurel ♫

♫ grew twisted around itself ♫

♫ Till almost everything he did ♫

♫ brought pain to someone else ♫

♫ It's not just what you're born with ♫

♫ It's what you choose to bear ♫

♫ It's not how big your share is ♫

♫ It's how much you can share ♫

♫ It's not the fights you dreamed of ♫

♫ It's those you really fought ♫

♫ It's not what you've been given ♫

♫ It's what you do with what you've got ♫

♫ What's the use of two strong legs ♫

♫ if you only run away? ♫

♫ And what's the use of the finest voice ♫

♫ if you've nothing good to say? ♫

♫ What's the use of strength and muscle ♫

♫ if you only push and shove? ♫

♫ And what's the use of two good ears ♫

♫ if you can't hear those you love? ♫

♫ What's the use of two strong legs ♫

♫ if you only run away? ♫

♫ And what's the use of the finest voice ♫

♫ if you've nothing good to say? ♫

♫ What's the use of strength and muscle ♫

♫ if you only push and shove? ♫

♫ And what's the use of two good ears ♫

♫ if you can't hear those you love? ♫

♫ Between those who use their neighbors ♫

♫ and those who use the cane ♫

♫ Between those in constant power ♫

♫ and those in constant pain ♫

♫ Between those who run to glory ♫

♫ and those who cannot run ♫

♫ Tell me which ones are the cripples ♫

♫ and which ones touch the sun ♫

♫ Which ones touch the sun ♫

♫ Which ones touch the sun ♫

(Applause) Thank you very much.

Video Details

Duration: 4 minutes and 59 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Genre: None
Producer: TEDTalks
Director: TED.com
Views: 252
Posted by: tedtalks on May 1, 2009

Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader performs "What You Do With What You've Got," a meditation on a very TED theme: how to use your gifts and talents to make a difference. With Thomas Dolby on piano.

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